GIFT IDEAS: For Your First Anniversary
Jar of Paper Notes
Favorite memories, favorite qualities of your loved ones, the favorite jokes you've shared...the possibilities are endless. Great for an anniversary on a budget, and it's a gift that will be treasured for years to come. If you do a 365 reasons like this blogger did, start a tradition of opening and reading one of them a day. By the time you finish, it's time for your next anniversary!
Okay, so you have to be a certain kind of person (with a certain kind of budget) for this one. But if you are? This is pretty cool.
A journal is an obvious present for the writer in your life. Take it up a notch with a unique notebook personalized with your names. They'll think of you every time they write. Bonus? Include a nice pen.
Tickets--for a play, a sporting event, a museum, a romantic vacation--are a great way to pay homage to the paper tradition in a way that's special just to the two of you.
If you're trying to avoid kitschy, there's plenty of home décor that doesn't scream "paper," some of it from major retailers like Bed, Bath, and Beyond or Ikea.
Origami Wedding Outfit Poster
Describe what you two were wearing on your wedding day, and she'll make a custom origami print just for you. She does same-sex couples, too, of course! Called, naturally, for Him/Him or Her/Her.
Coffee Table Book
The possibilities here are limitless; pick something the two of you have in common, like a book of photos from a city you love, or show your loved one how much you pay attention by snagging one on a topic that's important to them.
DIY Paper Jewelry
Make your own paper jewelry! It's not so hard, and it's infinitely more personal than buying something pre-made...not that that's necessarily a bad idea. There is some really nice paper jewelry out there.
Cut-paper Anniversary Card
Have a different, non-paper present in mind? Include a nod to the theme by giving it with a paper-themed card, like this one.
And You Can Always...
Write your loved one a story or poem--especially if it's handwritten. There's no more personal way to show them how much you care, and it won't cost you a cent.